Under the Lion's Paw Questions and Answers
by Hamlin Garland

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What does it mean to be kept "under the lion's paw?" What scenes from Garland’s story best portray this?

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Hamlin Garlin's "Under the Lion's Paw" can be explained by many of the characterizations seen in cartoons. One instance of this is when Scar, from The Lion King, toys with a mouse. He brings his paw down upon the creature, keeping it held captive. Lions, at least in cartoons, can be seen playing with creatures smaller than them, holding the creature captive, and playing with the idea of killing it or letting it go. Essentially, it is a power play.

In Garlin's story, Tim Haskins is under the paw of poverty....

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